Residential Counselor

The Arc Prince George's County
Upper Marlboro, MD
Jan 26, 2022
Jan 28, 2022
Full Time
We offer a Sign on Bonus of $1000.00 Person-centered Focus: Life & Community Advocators perform a wide variety of person centered supports and services with a strong emphasis on personal choice to individuals with developmental disabilities. These supports and services involve advocating for, encouraging, guiding and teaching individuals in expressing personal choice, developing daily living skills and habits, taking care of their personal needs, assuring community integration, ensuring for their health and safety, and maintaining a healthy, safe home environment. The supports and services performed depend upon the specific abilities of the individuals being served and the nature of the setting where the activities are performed.At The Arc personal choice means:C* - Collaborating* with the individual to meet their goalsH - Having a Humanistic perspective and approachO* - Using your keen Observation* skills to guide and mentorI - Inclusionin the community by actively getting out and involvedC - Community/Citizenship involvementE* - Enhancing* the life of the individualKey Competencies Required:. Advocacy (Encouraging and supporting people in expressing their choices, dreams, goals and rights). Communication (Actively listening to the person we support based on their preferred method of communicating, and collaborating with their natural supports and community). Relationship building (Creating opportunities for people to build friendships, make connections and develop meaningful relationships in an inclusive environment)Position Summary: The incumbent is responsible for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in a community-based home. You will provide assistance to the individuals in the development of linkages to the community through recreation planning, transportation, accompaniment to community-based events, and in personal care as needed. Other responsibilities include providing assistance with household maintenance, budgetary/financial management, shopping, and meal preparation.Core Duties: Healthcare - Implements Nursing Plans and follows-up on nursing recommendations.- Handles medical appointments as assigned. Arrives for appointments on time, with appropriate information about the individual's medical history and current condition.- Administers medications according to regulations.- Observes and documents medical issues in a clear and timely manner, providing follow-up as required.Individual Plan Implementation and Maintenance - Reviews plans and demonstrates familiarity with each individual's plan- Implements each individual's plan as prescribed and asks for clarity if necessary.- Records data on outcomes and Target Behaviors accurately and promptly.- Demonstrates familiarity with Behavior Support Plans and implements plan in a consistent manner.Incident Reporting - Demonstrates good judgment when reacting to incidents or resident injuries.- Follows the agency's policies and procedures for reporting incidents.- Completes incident reports completely, correctly, and promptly.Community Integration and Participation - Locates and facilitates individual's participation in community and leisure activities to include sharing information about new activities, and providing transportation to appointments or activities in a personal automobile.- Encourages regular exercise and healthy lifestyles via training, planning, and advocacy.- Coordinates supports so the individual may worship as he/she chooses to include transportation to house of worship when indicated.- Actively encourages family involvement.- Demonstrates enthusiasm and flexibility.Personal Care - Provides instruction, guidance, follow-up, monitoring, and assistance, when necessary, in personal grooming and hygiene.- Assists with and/or dispenses medications and other medical treatments to the individual as necessaryFinancial Management - Assists individual with the responsible management of his/her personal funds as per the Individual Plan.- Provides assistance with banking as per the Individual Plan.Communication and Documentation - Uses effective, respectful, and frequent communication with the individual and the individual's family members and/or other interested parties.- Documents and completes required records and reports in a clear, consistent, and legible manner.- Communicates with the family to ensure appropriate support provision to the individual served.- Provides training to relief staff members. Provides training documentation to Administrative Supervisor.- Submits paperwork that is complete and legible by prescribed due dates.- Accurately records work hours on timesheet.- Accurately records mileage on travel reimbursement log.Household Maintenance- Performs household tasks as assigned.- Demonstrates willingness to maintain household. Takes initiative in cleaning/completing chores or making minor repairs or situational enhancements such as changing a light bulb or shoveling a path through the snow that extends from the door to the driveway or street.- Demonstrates awareness of safety measures.- Prepares meals according to the preferences and special diets of the individuals.- Promotes a pleasant, family-style atmosphere at meal times.- Professionalism- Demonstrates appropriate workplace behavior, modeling the agency's philosophy.- Demonstrates positive role-model behavior.- Maintains confidentiality in regards to Individuals and in relation to staff issues.General - Completes all required trainings and updates on time.- Demonstrates respectful interactions.- Operates as a team player.- Is punctual; begins and ends work on time.- Is dependable; comes to work when scheduled.Qualifications: Must have a high school diploma. Must have at least 1 year of related experience working with children or adults in a care-giving setting. Must have a good driving record, reliable vehicle, and valid, current Driver's license for a minimum of 2 years with no more than 2 points on the license. Must be able to successfully complete training requirements of The Arc; strong computer skills a must. Must possess strong communication skills and demonstrated care-giving skills.Mental, Physical, and Visual Demands:Must respond professionally to stressful situations. May require heavy lifting up to and over 50lbs. Frequent twisting, bending, pulling and prolonged standing required.Working Conditions: Works in the residential home and must be able to respond to emergencies effectively.Job Types: Full-time, Part-timePay: $13.75 - $14.60 per hourSchedule:Day shiftMonday to FridayNight shiftWeekend availabilitySupplemental Pay:Signing bonusCOVID-19 considerations:Everyone is required to wear a mask. Temperatures are checked when entering the building. All hands must be washed before seeing anyone in the office.Application Question(s):Can you lift 25-75lbs?Are you okay with assisting our clients with personal or self-care needs?Why do you feel this job would be a good fit for you?Education:High school or equivalent (Preferred)Experience:Caregiving: 1 year (Required)License/Certification:Driver's License (Required)Work Location: Multiple Locations

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